After postponing last year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Northumberland Freemasons were finally able to celebrate the closing of their 2020 Festival with a spectacular Gala Dinner, held at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, attended by more than 300 Freemasons, their partners and guests, along with the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Hugh Wootton who attended as the special guest of honour
The Festival President, and Provincial Grand Master, Ian Craigs thanked the Festival Organising Committee, led by the Festival Chairman, and Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Kevin Stannard and reminded those in attendance that when the Festival had commenced, a fundraising target of £2,000,000 had been set. Due to the tenacity of all concerned and the combined efforts of the whole membership of the Province, the actual amount raised during the Festival was a staggering £3,248,927. The Festival President, and Provincial Grand Master, Ian Craigs, explained 'I am very proud of the incredible generoisty of the Brethren in the Province of Northumberland for raising such a significant sum during the 2020 Festival in aid of the RMBI. Thank you does not do your remarkable collective efforts justice, but I hope goes some way in expressing how grateful I am to you all'. The Gala Dinner was a wonderful success and a fitting end to a tremendously successful Festival that everyone can all be proud of.